Ilfracombe Carnival is ready to roll

There is still time to enter Ilfracombe Carnival on Thursday, August 22.

There is still time to enter Ilfracombe Carnival on Thursday, August 22. - Credit: Archant

Don’t miss one of the main annual events in the town on Thursday, August 22.

Colourful characters from last year's carnival.

Colourful characters from last year's carnival. - Credit: Archant

ILFRACOMBE Carnival is fighting fit and ready to roll on Thursday of next week (August 22) say organisers.

All ages are welcome to join Ilfracombe Carnival next week.

All ages are welcome to join Ilfracombe Carnival next week. - Credit: Archant

Costumed revellers and colourful floats will gather at Brimlands by the swimming pool from around 6pm, with judging at 6.30pm and the parade moving off at 7pm.

There were fears the popular event might be cancelled after St John Ambulance announced at the end of last year that it could no longer run it and had to focus on its main role of first aid training and cover.

But with support from other local organisations, Ilfracombe Marketing Group stepped in to make sure carnival continued.


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“Groups around the town such as Rotary, Lions and Round Table have come together to make carnival happens after we thought it would be cancelled. Just goes to show what we can do in Ilfracombe,” said Barbara Clarke of the carnival committee and marketing group.

Committee member Marc Newland added: “We have been overwhelmed with sponsorship and support from local businesses who have put their hands in their pockets even at this difficult time to make sure that carnival goes ahead.”

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Much remains the same - the parade will make its way to the High Street, down Northfield Road and along the seafront.

There will be activities, music, entertainment, bouncy castles, stalls and much more on the seafront from 2pm onwards.

All proceeds from the event go to North Devon Hospice.

Entry forms are available from Alan Jackson Shoe Repairs and Tinker Tailor Party Shop in the High Street or Ilfracombe Tourist Information Centre.

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